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Set sea with your pals in a new ‘Adventure Time’ game

A new <i>Adventure Time</i> game is in the works and it features some maritime fun, a nameable boat and pirates. <i>Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion</i> begins with a flooded Land of Ooo and <i>Adventure Time</i> characters have to set off to figure out what's going on. You'll be able to play as Finn, Jake, …

Nintendo Switch

Google ends Tango support to fully focus on ARCore

Google began delving into the world of AR with its 2014 venture Project Tango, or just Tango as of last year, and its AR work has grown quite a bit since then. Earlier this year, it unveiled ARCore, an augmented reality platform that differs from Tango in that it doesn't require any specialized …

Augmented Reality

Google Chrome beta delivers mute tool for autoplay videos

Months ago, a blog post by the good developers of Chrome let its users know that come January, users would be free of audio from autoplaying videos. As far as we know, those upgrades is still on track to arrive in early 2018 for all users, but you can get this feature (among others) today by …

Google

iTunes isn't coming to the Windows Store this year after all

iTunes for Windows users are going to be disappointed. Despite the promises of both Apple and Microsoft to bring the popular music and app software to the Microsoft Store this year, it appears as if we'll all have to wait a little longer.<p>"We have been working with Microsoft to deliver the full …

Microsoft

Google Maps will now tell you when to get off the bus or train

A mass transit feature for the Android version of Google Maps that notifies you when you need to get off the bus is finally live. It also includes step-by-step navigation, departure times and ETAs for your next public transportation ride. You can also track your progress as you go, just like you …

Google

Apple Music's next exclusives come from Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith

Apple isn't slowing down on exclusives any time soon. It's releasing Apple Music-only concert films from two British superstars, Noel Gallagher and Sam Smith. Gallagher's <i>Who Built the Moon Live</i> recaptures an early November gig at London's York Hall, where he played both cuts from his new album as …

Noel Gallagher

Facebook tackles the question of whether social media is bad for us

As part of its "Hard Questions" series, Facebook took on the question of whether social media is good or bad for us. Citing a handful of academic studies, some done by Facebook researchers, Facebook Director of Research David Ginsberg and research scientist Moira Burke say that it can be both and …

Sean Parker

Buy an Xbox One X and get 'PUBG' free for a limited time

From December 17th through the 31st, Microsoft will give everyone who purchases an Xbox One X a copy of <i>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds</i>. A post on <i>Xbox Wire</i> says that over a million people played the battle royale game within 48 hours of being available. Not bad for a game that hasn't even hit 1.0 yet. …

Technology

As online ads fail, sites mine cryptocurrency

Between the incessant headlines and chatter on social media, it feels like everywhere we go some Libertarian evangelist appears asking us if we have a second to talk about the blockchain -- like a religious wingnut lurking outside the grocery store.<p>The fever for a magic internet money no one …

Cryptocurrency

BlackBerry will shutter its app store on December 31st, 2019

While there's little doubt that BlackBerry's in-house mobile platforms are finished (the last BB10 device shipped over 2 years ago), it's now giving holdouts some not-so-subtle hints that it's time to move on. The company has announced that it's shutting down BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS …

Technology

Eve V review: The wisdom of the crowd mostly pays off

If you've never heard of Eve, I like to think of it as the OnePlus of computers: By ditching middlemen, this 11-person startup found a way to build and sell premium computers at a significant discount. The difference is, the people in charge didn't draw up a list of specs and start churning out …

Laptops

Apple signs ‘Battlestar Galactica’ developer for new space drama

Apple has ordered yet another TV series to add to its growing list of star-backed original productions. The company signed network sci-fi luminary Ronald D. Moore, veteran of several <i>Star Trek</i> series and developer of the <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> reboot, to create a completely new space drama. The show …

Star Trek

Facebook tests option to bypass profiles and only post to News Feed

Facebook appears to be testing different options for how users share posts. <i>The Next Web's</i> Matt Navarra tweeted tests of two new ways to post content that let you bypass posting to your profile.<p>In one image shared by Navarra, a status update asks if you want it to show on your profile. If you don't …

Facebook

What do made-for-AI processors really do?

Tech's biggest players have fully embraced the AI revolution. Apple, Qualcomm and Huawei have made mobile chipsets that are designed to better tackle machine learning tasks, each with a slightly different approach. Huawei launched its Kirin 970 at IFA this year, calling it the first chipset with a …

Machine Learning

The FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video may violate copyright law

This is a bit ironic. When FCC chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai uploaded a video this week detailing all the things we'll still be able to do after he killed net neutrality, he apparently forgot one key step: asking permission. You see, part of the smarmy and glib clip the FCC produced …

Copyright

Facebook adds more viewing options to its 360 app for Gear VR

Facebook launched its Facebook 360 app for Gear VR in March and today the company announces some new features. Facebook says that because people want more than just 360 videos in VR, it's adding a slew of new video types to the app's available options.<p>Now, users will be able to view Live videos, …

Facebook

How the 'Grinch bots' stole Christmas

Resellers have existed since way before the internet. But with the surge of online shopping, they have found the perfect weapon to aid their business: bots, automated software that can add products to a virtual cart and purchase them faster than any human. Even if your browser autofills personal …

Chuck Schumer

The true extent of Russian meddling in Brexit remains murky

In late October, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Damian Collins called upon Facebook and Twitter to report back with any evidence of Russian meddling in the UK's vote to leave the EU. It's an evolution of the committee's inquiry into the problem of fake news, which …

Social Media

SpaceX launches NASA resupply mission with reused rocket and capsule

Today SpaceX launched its first reused rocket for NASA. Both the Falcon 9 rocket itself and the Dragon capsule have been used prior to this resupply mission. Back in June, Elon Musk's spacefaring venture put a reused capsule in orbit, but this trip to the International Space Station marks the first …

SpaceX

The best robotics kits for beginners

<i>By Signe Brewster</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After spending 35 hours researching and …

Lego

‘The Electric State’ film is in the works with ‘It’ director on board

Simon Stålenhag's illustrated novel <i>The Electric State</i> is coming to the big screen with <i>It</i> director Andy Muschietti likely at the helm. Russo Brothers Studio beat at least three other studios for rights to the project, <i>Deadline</i> reports, and a number of producers and directors sought to be involved.<p>The …

Andy Muschietti

Japanese company will pay part of workers' salaries in Bitcoin

Employees at a Japanese firm will soon be able to receive part of their salary in Bitcoin, if they're feeling brave enough. GMO Internet, which offers a range of web-related services including a Bitcoin exchange, will pay workers up to 100,000 yen (about $890) starting in February. "Employees can …

Nextgen

Volvo reduces autonomous driving tests to find the right sensors

Volvo is adjusting the timeline on its ambitious Drive Me autonomous program until it can find the right sensors. "The development in sensor performance and processor capabilities is going so much faster than we expected in 2013," program director Marcus Rothoff recently told <i>Automotive News Europe</i>. …

Technology

Facebook's 'snooze' button mutes a friend for 30 days

A sad truth of Facebook: many of us follow people who annoy us pretty frequently. Rather than going through the social pain of un-friending someone, however, Facebook has offered the option to stay friends with someone but mute all of their posts in your News Feed. Today, Facebook is rolling out a …

Facebook

Microsoft patent points to folding dual-screen notebook

New patent filings from Microsoft appear to hint at that foldable notepad we've heard rumors of for a while, <i>The Verge</i> reports. Filed earlier this week, the patent contains a number of images depicting a unique hinge and a few that show a foldable, two screen device that appears to work in a number …

Patents

NBC is adapting UK tech support sitcom 'The IT Crowd'

NBC had a hit adapting the BBC version of <i>The Office</i> and now it's hoping for the same with UK hit <i>The IT Crowd</i>. The network is set to adapt the Channel 4 sitcom with the original creator, Graham Lineham, who will write and produce, <i>Variety</i> reports. Like the British series, it will revolve around tech …

TV

TVPlayer subscription lets you record live TV to the cloud

If you've forgotten about TVPlayer, don't worry — so had we. The company, which offers a live TV streaming service in the UK, piqued our curiosity in 2015 with TVPlayer Plus. The £5 per month package gave subscribers access to 25 premium channels including National Geographic and the Discovery …

Televisions

YouTube debuts 360-video app on Steam VR

There's a lot of VR content out there, but much of it is for one platform or another -- what works on Gear VR may not on Daydream, the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift. Google just made it a bit easier to use one of its key Daydream VR apps by releasing YouTube VR for Steam VR on the HTC Vive. You can …

Virtual Reality

Sky’s restructured TV pricing is simpler and more flexible

As UK consumers have become more confident with streaming services and accessing content via a low monthly subscription, UK broadcasters have been forced to take notice. These days, the all-you-can-eat package is no longer the de-facto option, with companies like Sky choosing to split bigger …

Televisions

The UK is getting a combined physical and digital games chart

A combined physical and digital games chart is finally coming to the UK. At the moment, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) supplies GfK with exclusive data on boxed game sales. GfK's charts are considered the gold standard because of its relationship with the ERA, which counts GAME, …

Gaming